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Most of us who are abused realize that it is just that “abuse” and yet we find ourselves repeatedly going through the same old -same old everyday living in fear, anger and emotional upheaval.  If you are NOT certain you are being abused by family members or in a relationship then the following quiz will help you to decide.

Does your partner, your boyfriend or girlfriend, your friend, your caretaker, or a family member:

Make you feel uncomfortable or afraid?

  Often put you down, humiliate you, or make you feel worthless?

  Constantly check up on what you’re doing or where you are going?

  Try to stop you from seeing your own friends or family?

  Make you feel afraid to disagree or say ‘no’ to them?

  Constantly accuse you of flirting with others when this isn’t true?

  Tell you how the household finances should be spent, or stop you having any money for yourself?

  Stop you from having medical assistance?

  Scare or hurt you by being violent (like hitting, choking, smashing things, locking you in, driving dangerously to frighten you)

  Pressure or force you to do sexual things that you don’t want to do?

  Threaten to hurt you, or to kill themselves if you say you want to end the relationship?

  Have your children heard or seen these things or been hurt themselves?

Signs of Abuse

  • Abuse happens when one person tries to control or hurt another.
  • Abuse may be physical, such as hitting, pushing or choking.
  • Abuse can also be other things, like putting you down and making you feel worthless, or being possessive and jealous to stop you from speaking to friends or family. Forcing or tricking someone into doing sexual things is also abuse.


If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then there are signs that you are not being treated right, or that you are being abused. if you don’t feel safe, respected and cared for, then something isn’t right.  

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Donations are sent to support Safe Houses and organizations which counsel victims.

 

What Happens to Our Homeless Children in America?

Homeless Elderly Man Protects Homeless Child

Homeless Elderly Man Protects Homeless Child

Our Homeless Children in America are subjected to

Rape, Prostitution and Murder.

Can you even imagine what these children must go through to simply survive out there on
the streets alone? Have you heard about the many children that are prostituted to foreign
countries and Mexico?
Nearly a third of the children who flee or are kicked out of their homes each year engage in sex
for food, drugs or a place to stay, according to a variety of studies published in academic and
public health journals. But this kind of dangerous barter system can quickly escalate into more
formalized prostitution, when money changes hands. And then, child welfare workers and
police officials say, it becomes extremely difficult to help runaways escape the streets. Many
become more entangled in abusive relationships, and the law begins to view them more as
teenage criminals than under-age victims. (New York Times, 2009)

Read the Statistics Below:

According to non-governmental U.S. sources;

  • Average victims age is 11 to 14
  • Approx 80% are women and children bought, sold and imprisoned in the underground sex service industry
  • Average life span of a victim is reported to be 7 years (found dead from attack, abuse, HIV and other STD’s, malnutrition, overdose or suicide)

The largest group of at-risk children are runaway, thrown away, or homeless American children who use survival sex to acquire food, shelter, clothing, and other things needed to survive on America’s streets. According to the National Runaway Switchboard  1.3 million runaway and homeless youth live on America’s streets every day. [5,000 die each year] It would not be surprising to learn that the number of children trafficked in the United States is actually much higher than 300,000.

Children are often targeted by traffickers as they are deemed easier to manipulate than adults. More money can be earned by younger girls and boys exploited in sexual exploitation, especially virgins. Pre-pubescent girls are reported to be injected with hormones to bring on puberty. Younger girls are expected to have a greater earning potential, and as such are in greater demand.

The impact:

  • Human trafficking has surpassed the illegal sale of arms
  • Trafficking will surpass the illegal sale of drugs in the next few years
  • Drugs are used once and they are gone. Victims of child trafficking can be used and abused over and over
  • A $32 billion-a-year industry, human trafficking is on the rise and is in all 50 states (U.S. Government)
  • 4.5 Million of trafficked persons are sexually exploited
  • Up to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year
  • From 14,500 – 17,500 of those victims are trafficked into the United States each year

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What is Codependency?

What Is Codependency? 

“Codependency is typically discussed in the context of substance use, where one person is abusing the substance, and he or she depends on the other person to supply money, food, or shelter. But codependency is much broader than that,” says Jonathan Becker, DO, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Codependency can be defined as any relationship in which two people become so invested in each other that they can’t function independently anymore,” Dr. Becker says. “Your mood, and happiness identity are defined by the other person. In a codependent relationship, there is usually one person who is more passive and can’t make decisions for themselves, and a more dominant personality who gets some reward and satisfaction from controlling the other person and making decisions about how they will live.”

Read More: http://threshholdtofreedom.com/codependency-can-make-you-crazy/

 

 

Homeless Famiies

A homeless family father worries how he is going to feed his children and wife.

A homeless family father worries how he is going to feed his children and wife.

A four year old child living on the streets cries with hunger. Chained by the leg while his mother searches for food.

A four year old child living on the streets cries with hunger. Chained by the leg while his mother searches for food.

 

Homelessness: The Facts. Every year 600,000 families with 1.35 million children experience homelessness in the United States, making up about 50 percent of the homeless population over the course of the year (source). Domestic violence is the immediate cause of homelessness for many women and children.”

Please Donate Today and Help These Families to be Restored with food, clothing, and shelter. Thank You

Please Donate Today and Help These Families to be Restored with food, clothing, and shelter.
Thank You

 

Child Abuse Statistics

This Child has been tied up by her mother so as to not bother her anymore.

This Child has been tied up by her mother so as to not bother her anymore.

These children were beaten by their parents.

These children were beaten by their parents.

Child Abuse is ongoing daily before our eyes at the supermarket, bus stop, or walking and driving down the street. We see child abuse occurring and how often do we stop to prevent it?

Child abuse occurs in families whether homeless families or behind closed doors within every society today. It is an age old ripple in families since the beginning of time and today we need to find help for those who commit it, establish more stringent and powerful laws concerning the issue and crimes, as well as provide support for the children who survive it. Unfortunately, some children do not always survive child abuse as you well know they either die, suffer from nightmares, mental torture with recall of the events of childhood trauma as adults, and more than likely abuse their own children.  For adults have learned through social learning within the home that is the way to correct children. (Of course, this is not in every case valid).

Child Abuse is defined as “when a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child. There are many forms of child maltreatment, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse.”

She first tries to comfort her child and then... then-she-tries-to-quiet-him

Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children (a referral can include multiple children).

The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.

Yearly, referrals to state child protective services involve 6.6 million children, and around 3.2 million of those children are subject to an investigated report.

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Social Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder

Social Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder people with bipolar disorder often experience social anxiety. Learn why this can be a dangerous combination and how it changes your treatment.

Bipolar disorder, which is sometimes called manic-depressive illness, causes severe mood swings that can make daily functioning difficult. At times, these shifts in mood and energy level can be overwhelming. Extreme social anxiety, the fear of being criticized or embarrassed in social situations, can be a separate anxiety disorder, or it can occur with bipolar disorder. When they exist together, they can be a dangerous mix. People with bipolar disorder experience mood swings that range from severe sadness and hopelessness to overly high levels of energy, restlessness, and irritability, known as mania.

Here are some clues that suggest you may have social anxiety along with bipolar disorder:

 Presence of panic attacks and fear of social situations along with mania or depression. Symptoms that started during childhood or early adulthood. Symptoms of anxiety and sleep problems that are present when you are no longer in a manic mood. Poor response to the usual treatments for bipolar disorder.

Impact of Social Anxiety on Bipolar Disorder Research shows that about 20 percent of people with bipolar disorder experience panic attacks, compared with less than 1 percent of people without a mood disorder. Research also shows that social anxiety rarely exists by itself. Various studies have found that about 80 percent of people with social anxiety have at least one other mental disorder during their lifetime. These are some of the dangers of having both bipolar disorder and social anxiety:

A recent study found that people with both anxiety and bipolar disorder are more likely to display suicidal behaviors than people with bipolar disorder alone.

 People with both bipolar disorder and social anxiety are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, which may make symptoms of both disorders worse.  Social anxiety makes bipolar disease more difficult to treat. People with both disorders score worse on measurements of daily life functioning than people with bipolar disorder alone.

Why Do Social Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder Occur Together? It is clear that there is a relationship between social anxiety and bipolar disorder, but it is not clear whether one leads to the other, or if they have common causes and exist together. Here is what some research shows:

 People with bipolar disorder may have traumatic experiences caused by their mania early in life that lead to a fear of social situations.

 People who have bipolar disorder may abuse alcohol or drugs to control some of their symptoms. Abuse and addiction can make social anxiety disorder worse.

 Both disorders may run in families, since studies show that family members of people with bipolar disorder also have a higher rate of anxiety disorders. Treatment of Bipolar Disorder With Social Anxiety If you have social anxiety and bipolar disorder, both disorders need to be addressed for treatment to be successful. This often requires a combination of drug treatment and talk therapy. In most cases, treatment of both disorders can be successful.

Treatment options include:

 Mood-stabilizing medications. These drugs are usually used first to treat the bipolar part of the disorder. Examples of mood stabilizers used for bipolar disorder include lithium, valproate, and olanzapine.

 Antidepressants. These medications work well for social anxiety disorders, but they must be used very carefully with bipolar disorder, since they can make some bipolar symptoms worse. For this reason, doctors may avoid antidepressants or use them only in lower doses.
 Benzodiazepines. These drugs may work well for anxiety and are safe for bipolar disorder, but can cause physical dependence and must be used with caution by anyone who has a history of substance abuse.

 Psychotherapy. Talk therapy has been shown to be very effective for treating social anxiety disorder, so one option may be to use a mood stabilizer along with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT teaches people with social anxiety to change their thought patterns and to replace poor responses with more healthy responses. Other types of talk therapy that may help include family therapy and relaxation training.

 Lifestyle changes. Keeping a regular schedule, getting enough sleep, and avoiding events that cause stress can be helpful for both disorders. Getting regular exercise and avoiding alcohol and drugs are also very important. Bipolar disorder and social anxiety disorder frequently occur together. The addition of social anxiety causes an increased risk of suicide and of alcohol and drug abuse, and generally makes dealing with bipolar more difficult. The good news is that both disorders can be treated. With the right combination of drugs, lifestyle changes, and psychotherapy, most people with these disorders do recover.

 

Last Updated: 3/20/2015 See More: Rodriguez Diana (2015) Social Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder. Every day Health. http://www.everydayhealth.com/bipolar-disorder/social-anxiety-and-bipolar.aspx?pos=2&xid=nl_EverydayHealthMentalHealthandMoodDisorders_20161024&save=true